2011 – 2012 Session

AB 8 - Transportation bond funds

This bill would provide that entities receiving an allocation of the funds set aside for regional public waterborne transit agencies, relative to allocations of funds made prior to June 30, 2011, shall have 4 fiscal years from the last day of the fiscal year in which the funds were received by that entity to expend those funds.

AB 269 - schools: pupil health and safety

This bill requires schools to comply with the following existing law related to the health and safety of pupils.

AB 310 - Prescription drugs

This bill prohibits health plan contracts and health insurance policies that cover outpatient prescription drugs from requiring coinsurance for outpatient prescription drug benefits, and imposes specified limitations on co-payments and out-of-pocket expenses for outpatient prescription drugs.

AB 400 - Employment: paid sick days

This bill requires employees, who meet certain criteria, to be paid sick days, as specified.

AB 452 - Driving under the influence: licensed and approved drug and alcohol programs

This bill expands the misdemeanor offense of using an electronic tracking device on a non-consenting party to include use of a third party to employ the device.

AB 485 - Infrastructure financing

This bill allows local officials to divert property tax increment revenues to pay for public facilities and amenities within transit village development districts.

AB 704 - Secondhand goods

This bill would require a person conducting business as a secondhand dealer to provide a valid secondhand dealer’s license to any peace officer upon demand and would authorize a peace officer to impound all tangible personal property found in the possession or control of the person if a secondhand dealer’s license is not provided to the peace officer and the peace officer has probable cause to believe the property was acquired while the person was operating as a secondhand dealer without being licensed, except as specified.

AB 759 - Alcoholic Beverages: advertising

This bill would include Internet Web sites as a type of publication by specified alcoholic beverage licenses that retail on-sale or off-sale licensees may purchase advertising within.

AB 855 - Sales and use taxes: consumers: veterans: itinerant vendors

Allows funds remaining in a local DNA Identification Fund to be expended by a local law enforcement agency for the costs of using an authorized, independent laboratory, other than the Department of Justice (DOJ), to analyze and expedite the testing of DNA samples.

AB 911 - Police protection districts

Makes various changes to the Police Protection District (district) Act including authorizing a district to adopt ordinances related to specified policies and makes other conforming changes in line with powers and duties given to special districts.

AB 975 - Professional employer organizations

Would require professional employer organizations (PEOs) to register with the Employment Development Department.

AB 1050 - Telecommunications: prepaid mobile telephony services: taxes and fees

This bill would establish a statewide system for point-of-sale collection of state and local fees imposed on communications service that are currently paid by end users of postpaid customers, thereby ensuring that the prepaid wireless sector of the communications market equitably shares in the responsibility to fund the state 911 system, state universal service programs, and CPUC operations paid with the CPUC Reimbursement Fee, and also contribute to the revenue of cities and counties generated by local fees and UUTs.

AB 1068 - City and County of San Francisco: graffiti abatement

Authorize the City and County of San Francisco to conduct the graffiti abatement pilot project until January 1, 2016

AB 1178 - Solid Waste: place of origin

This bill prohibits an ordinance enacted by a city or county, including an ordinance enacted by initiative by the voters of a city or county, from otherwise restricting or limiting the importation of solid waste into a privately owned solid waste facility in that city or county based on place of origin. This bill provides that this prohibition does not require a privately owned or operated solid waste facility to accept certain waste, does not allow a privately owned solid waste facility to abrogate certain agreements, does not prohibit a city, county, or a regional agency from requiring a privately owned solid waste facility to guarantee permitted capacity to a host jurisdiction, and does not otherwise limit or affect the local land use authority of a city or county.

AB 1800 - Health care coverage

Would require health plans and health insurers to provide an annual limit on subscriber out-of-pocket expenses for all benefits.

AB 1910 - Portable internal combustion engines: registration program

Changes the definition of “fixed location,” for the purposes of the Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) from “any single site” at a facility to “any single point” within a facility. Preempts air districts from requiring permits regardless of whether the portable equipment replaces or supplements an ongoing primary activity at a facility.

AB 1941 - Taxation: qualified heavy equipment

Imposes, on or after January 1, 2013, a tax on every "qualified lessee" of "qualified heavy equipment" (QHE) at the rate of 1.25% of the "qualified lessee's" gross receipts from the lease or rental of QHE.

AB 1993 - Vehicles: towing and impoundment: unlicensed drivers

This bill prohibits a peace officer from impounding a vehicle driven by a person who does not have a valid driver’s license but whose license is not suspended or revoked.

AB 2076 - Official court reporter fee

Expands civil court reporter fees and requires that the fees be retained for use in the courts that collect them.

AB 2200 - Vehicles: high- occupancy vehicles lanes

This bill eliminates, until January 1, 2020 or when high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane gets implemented, the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on Interstate 80 (I-80) corridor within the San Francisco Bay Area during the morning reverse commute time period.

AB 2298 - Metal theft and related recycling crimes

The purpose of this bill is to (1) establish the Metal Theft Task Force Fund within the State Treasury to be administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC); (2) require the BSCC to establish the Metal Theft Task Force Program and provide that moneys appropriated to the board for the program shall be expended to fund programs that enhance the capacity of local law enforcement and prosecutors to deter, investigate, and prosecute metal theft and related recycling crimes; (3) provide that up to 10 percent of the funds may, upon appropriation, be used for developing and maintaining a statewide database on metal theft and related recycling crimes for use in developing and distributing intelligence information to participating law enforcement agencies; (4) provide that the board shall develop specific guidelines and administrative procedures for the selection of regional task forces to receive funds under this program, as specified; (5) provide that each regional task force that has been awarded funds authorized under the program during the previous grant-funding cycle, upon reapplication for funds to the board in each successive year, shall submit a detailed accounting of funds received and expended in the prior year in addition to any information required by this title, as specified; (6) provide that the board shall regularly review the effectiveness of the program in deterring, investigating, and prosecuting metal theft and related recycling crimes, and shall present a report to the Legislature and Governor including specified information; and (7) provide that the program established pursuant to this title shall not be implemented until the Department of Finance determines that sufficient funds have been deposited in the Metal Theft Task Force Fund to implement the provisions of this title and funds have been made available for the purposes of this title upon appropriation by the Legislature, as specified.

AB 2345 - California Fair Network Commission

This bill creates a California Fair Network Commission (CFN commission) to provide a new governance structure for fairs in California. 

AB 2482 - Registered interior designers

Establishes the California Registered Interior Designers Board (Board) for the purpose of licensing and regulating registered interior design.

AB 2505 - Motor vehicle replacement parts

This bill requires that an automotive repair dealer (ARD) include the name of the certifying entity on an estimate and invoice when the dealer uses a non-original equipment manufacturer certified aftermarket crash part.

2009 – 2010 Session

AB 36 - Emergency services: property insurance surcharge

This bill would establish the Local Government Mutual Aid Enhancement Program in the agency, and would require funds, as specified, deposited in the Emergency Response Fund, to be allocated to the program upon appropriation by the Legislature. This bill would require the Secretary of California Emergency Management to allocate funds to specified entities, for the purpose of enhancing or sustaining fire and rescue disaster mutual aid capacity to combat the effect of all hazard disasters, as provided. This bill would also require the secretary, in consultation with specified entities, to develop a strategy, as provided, for the enhancement of mutual aid, and would require each fire and rescue operational area to submit a 3-year strategy for the enhancement of fire and rescue disaster mutual aid, as specified, to the secretary.

AB 47 - Income Taxes: credit: adoption costs

This bill increases from $2,500 to $5,000 the maximum adoption credit allowed for families that adopt a foster child who is over 12-years old or has lived in a group home for six of the 18 months prior to their adoption. The increased credit would sunset on January 1, 2015.

AB 223 - Safe Body Art Act

This bill enacts the Safe Body Art Act, providing minimum statewide standards for the regulation of persons engaged in the business of tattooing, body piercing, and the application of permanent cosmetics, repeals current provisions regarding these business, and provides statewide requirements for the performance of ear piercing with a mechanical device.

AB 245 - Physicians and surgeons

This bill requires the Medical Board of California (MBC) to remove an expunged or misdemeanor or felony conviction posted on MBC’s Internet website within 90 days of receiving a copy of the expungement order from the licensee.

AB 311 - Property taxation: certified aircraft assessment

This bill extends the Centralized Fleet Calculation Program for statewide assessment of certificated aircraft for property tax purposes until fiscal year 2014-15.

AB 338 - Transit village developments: infrastructure financing

This bill allows local officials to divert property tax increment revenues to pay for public facilities and amenities within transit village development districts.

AB 360 - State teachers’ retirement: creditable service: community colleges

This bill encourages the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) to conduct a study to examine the feasibility of either creating a new program for part-time community college instructors or modifying current programs to make retirement benefits more equitable for part-time instructors.

AB 372 - Vital records: adoptees and birth certificates

This bill allows an adoptee, under certain conditions, to have access to his or her original and unredacted birth certificate.

AB 481 - Mobile home parks: rent control: principal residence

This bill would apply the above exemption from rent control to a mobilehome located on a space within a mobilehome park that is not the homeowner’s principal residence without regard to whether the homeowner has rented the mobilehome to another party, except as specified. The bill would also expand and clarify the basis for determining whether a mobilehome is the homeowner’s principal residence and would set forth factors that would constitute sufficient evidence that a mobilehome is not the homeowner’s principal residence.

AB 517 - Safe Body Art Act

This bill enacts the Safe Body Art Act to provide minimum statewide standards for the regulation of tattooing, body piercing, and permanent cosmetic application. Repeals current law governing the development of standards for these businesses.

AB 543 - Perinatal care: The Nurse-Family Partnership

This bill authorizes the use of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program grant moneys as a match for other grants administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH). This bill extends, from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2014, the date on which the California Families and Children Account ceases to exist, if it has insufficient funds to implement the NFP Program.

AB 797 - Accountants: discipline: Internet posting

This bill requires the California Board of Accountancy to publish disciplinary decisions on its Website for a period of at least 10 years.

AB 967 - Marriages

Authorizes a mayor of a city, while that person holds the office, to solemnize a marriage ceremony.

AB 1000 - Employment: paid sick days

This bill requires employers to provide paid sick days for employees meeting certain criteria.

AB 1087 - State Board of Equalization: sales and use taxes: administration: transportation charges: public contracts with expatriate corporations: tax treaty

This bill modifies the current sales and use tax exclusion for separately stated transportation charges. Specifically, this bill provides that charges for transportation are separately stated for purposes of the exclusion if the charges are stated as a single amount and are not included within a single amount that combines transportation charges with other charges.

AB 1316 - Public utilities: low- income customers

Expands the size and responsibilities of the Low-Income Oversight Board (LIOB) within the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

AB 1401 - Transition to Organics Act

This bill enacts the California Transition to Organics Act of 2009 which establishes, within the State Treasury the Transition To Organics Fund (TTOF) to consist of monies from federal, industry and citizen sources. Expenditures of money from the TTOF shall be limited to providing financial assistance to persons who transition their uncertified farms to certified organic farms and for administrative expense. This fund shall be administrated by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture who shall be authorized to adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of the act.

AB 1538 - Pupil discipline: restraint

Prohibits the use of specified types of restraint techniques on pupils with disabilities, and allows for the use of physical restraint, as specified.

AB 1656 - Fur products: labeling

This bill requires a person who sells or displays any clothing apparel for sale that is made wholly or partially of fur to attach a conspicuously displayed tag or label that includes the following information: the names of the animal or animals from which the fur was acquired and the country of origin of any imported furs used. This bill subjects violators to a civil penalty of not more than $500 for the first violation, and not more than $1,000 for each subsequent violation. This bill provides that a retail merchant is not liable for a violation if a manufacturer or supplier for the merchant provided a specified certification to that merchant.

AB 1821 - Public Employees’ Retirement System: preretirement death benefits

This bill uses the excess reserves from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System 1959 Survivor Benefit Program to merge the first, second and third benefit levels into a single contracting agency pool paying the current Level 3 survivor benefit.

AB 1960 - Agriculture: fruits, nuts, and vegetables: California Grown Act

Encourages the State of California and its agencies to purchase California produced, or produced and processed, fruit, nuts and vegetables if the price is equal to or less than, imported fruits, nuts and vegetables.

AB 1987 - Public Employees’ Retirement System: preretirement death benefits

This bill establishes minimum standards and requirements for all public retirement systems in California with respect to final compensation, ongoing audits with penalties for noncompliance, and prohibitions against a retiree from immediately returning to employment with the public employer on a part-time or contract basis.

AB 2189 - Contracts: translations

This bill would specify that provisions apply to loan modification agreements.

AB 2570 - Unemployment insurance: professional employer organizations

Would, on and after January 1, 2012, for purposes of all unemployment insurance laws of this state, provide that a professional employer organization (PEO), as defined, shall be deemed to be an employing unit for employees under a professional employer agreement, as defined. This bill would require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to administer the provisions of the bill, as specified. This bill would impose various requirements on PEOs and clients, and would also provide for an assessment, fines, and disciplinary actions.

AB 2676 - State Board of Equalization: administration

This bill makes permanent the use-tax reporting line currently found on state personal income tax returns and makes several other changes relating to tax laws administered by the Board of Equalization.

2007 – 2008 Session

AB 56 - Secretary to End Poverty

This bill creates a state cabinet-level position of Secretary to End Poverty, who would be appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

AB 125 - School facilities

Authorizes the annual, independent performance audit required of districts that issue local school facilities construction bonds to include a review of the district’s compliance with its bond ballot language and specified design and construction costs and procedures.

AB 182 - In-home supportive services: provision of training for providers and recipients

This bill requires public authorities and nonprofit consortiums, in consultation with its advisory committees and stakeholders, to develop training standards and core topics provided to in-home supportive services providers and recipients.

AB 547 - Medical Board of California: licensure fees

Authorizes the Medical Board of California (MBC) to reduce its licensing fees below the statutory amount of $790, requires the Bureau of State Audits (BSA) to conduct a review of the MBC's financial status by January 1, 2012.

AB 659 - Child care: City and County of San Francisco: individualized county child care subsidy plan: continuity of services

This bill (1) extends to specified locally funded child care programs in San Francisco existing continuity of care provisions for families receiving subsidized child care from state and federally funded programs, and (2) adds elements to a currently required report. Introduced as: Human immunodeficiency virus: age-appropriate treatment: study Requests the Regents of the University of California (UC) conduct a three-year study on the clinical impacts of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in individuals over 50 years of age.

AB 977 - Pest control: pesticides: local regulation

Deletes those provisions of existing law described above (Section 11510.1 of the Food and Agriculture Code). Declares that this is an urgency statute in order for local governments to protect the health of their residents from toxic chemicals.

AB 983 - Public contracts: plans and specifications

Requires, except in design-build projects, a local public entity, before entering into any contract for a project, to provide full, complete, and accurate plans and specifications and estimates of cost, giving such direction as would enable a bidding builder or contractor to carry them out. This bill provides that, for purposes of a breach of warranty action based upon incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading plans and specifications, nothing in its provisions shall be construed to require a contractor to prove an affirmative or intentional misrepresentation or active concealment on the part of the local public entity that provides the plans and specifications nor construed to public entity, city, or county from raising any affirmative defensive available to it under law. This bill also provides that nothing in its provisions expands, restricts, or otherwise change the liability or potential liability of a design professional as set forth under current law.

AB 1017 - California Environmental Quality Act: appeal to local lead agency’s elected decision making body

This bill places time limits on when an appeal may be filed against the actions of a nonelected decision-making body of a local lead agency with regard to projects subject to the California Environmental Quality Act.

AB 1221 - Transit village developments: infrastructure financing

e This bill allows local officials to divert property tax increment revenues to pay for public facilities and amenities within transit village development districts. This bill increases the area that a transit village plan covers to all parcels within one half mile, rather than one quarter mile, of the exterior boundary of the parcel on which the transit station is located.

AB 1327 - Energy: Energy Conservation Assistance Act of 1979: repayment

This bill extends the maximum repayment period from 15 years to 30 years for loans provided to schools, hospitals, public care institutions and local government entities from the Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA).

AB 1519 - Human remains: commercial display

This bill, with certain exceptions, prohibits the public commercial display of human remains, as defined, without a permit for each specimen of human remains displayed from the Department of Justice (DOJ). This bill requires the DOJ to issue a permit for this purpose only upon DOJ’s determination that the exhibitor, as defined, has met specified requirements including, but not limited to, a requirement that the exhibitor has obtained valid written authorization from specified individuals to publicly display human remains, as provided. This bill authorizes the DOJ to establish a permit fee, as provided, and requires the revenue from these fees to be deposited in the Human Remains Exhibit Permit Fund, which this bill creates. This bill requires moneys in the Fund to be available to the DOJ, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purpose of funding the administration of the permit program. This bill also provides that its provisions do not preempt more restrictive local regulation of the public commercial display of human remains. This bill further provides that violation of its provisions is punishable by a civil penalty.

AB 1591 - The Corporation Tax Law: allocation and apportionment

Allows a corporation that is a member of an apportioning group, on behalf of the apportioning trade or business, or a subgroup, thereof, to elect an alternative apportionment formula.

AB 1829 - Nurse Family Partnership program

This bill extends, from January 1, 2009, to January 1, 2011, the sunset of the California Families and Children Account, which contains funds to implement a voluntary nurse home visiting grant program, as the Nurse-Family Partnership program.

AB 1848 - Income tax: returns: withholding

Requires, in modified conformity with the federal backup withholding rules, a collection of tax, at a rate of 7%, on specified reportable payments made to California residents and nonresidents on or after January 1, 2009.

AB 1878 - Sales of wine

This bill would expand that provision to allow a nonlicensed person owning bottled wine, purchased at retail, to sell thatwine to a specified licensees authorized to sell that wine. It would also require the purchasing licensees to maintain specified records of these transactions.

AB 1934 - School facilities: surplus school property: San Francisco Unified School District

This bill authorizes, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), until October 2011, to deposit proceeds from the sale of surplus property sold between November 1, 2007, and October 31, 2011, into the district’s general fund for any one-time general fund purchase and specifies that such action does not disqualify the school district from eligibility for funding from any school facilities program authorized by the state.

AB 2035 - Domestic violence

This bill would provide that liability for arrest during a domestic violence call involving mutual protective orders applies to the person reasonably believed to be the “dominant aggressor.”

AB 2084 - Theatrical and technical services: state property

Requires the preparation of a report related to for-profit shows and theatrical events on state property, as specified. States the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that establishes basic standards for workers engaged in theatrical and technical services on state property. Requires the California Research Bureau (CRB) of the California State Library to prepare a report on existing for-profit shows and theatrical services on state property and recommendations for increasing the number of shows and establishing standards.

AB 2363 - Sex Offenders Management Board

Would authorize the Sex Offenders Management Board (board), under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), to conduct an assessment of: the availability of rental housing for sex offenders, the effect on public safety of making registration or specified information disclosed a basis upon which to refuse to rent to or terminate the tenancy of a registered sex offender. The bill would require the board to submit any findings from such an assessment to the Legislature and the Governor no later than 30 days after their adoption.

AB 2649 - Medical assistants: authorized services

This bill provides that medical assistants are not authorized to trim the nails of, or debride any manner, using a scalpel, paring instrument or other object, the corns, bunions or callus of, any patient who is diabetic or suffers from any form of circulatory disorder affecting the extremities.

AB 2694 - Children’s product safety: lead poisoning prevention

Prohibits the manufacture, sale, or exchange, possession with intent to sell or exchange, or exposure or offer for sale or exchange to any retailer, of any toy or child care article or any other product designed or intended for use by, or for the care of, a child 12 years of age or younger, that is a lead-bearing substance, is coated with a lead-bearing substance, or includes a component that is a lead-bearing substance, as defined.

AB 2716 - Employment: paid sick days

Would provide that an employee is entitled to paid sick days which shall be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked. Employers would be required to provide paid sick days, upon request, for diagnosis, care, or treatment of health conditions of the employee or an employee’s family member, or for leave related to domestic violence or sexual abuse. The bill would require employers to satisfy specific posting and notice and recordkeeping requirements. The bill would require the Labor Commissioner to administer and enforce these requirements, including the adoption of regulations, investigation, mitigation, and relief of violations of these requirements. The bill would specify that it applies to in-home support services (IHSS) except where a collective bargaining agreement provides for an incremental wage increase sufficient to satisfy the bill’s requirements for accrual of sick days. The provisions of the bill would not apply to employees by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for sick days, nor would it lessen any other obligations of the employer to employees. The provisions of the bill would not apply to employees in the construction industry by a collective bargaining agreement if the agreement expressly waives the requirements of this bill in clear and unambiguous terms.

AB 2805 - Health care coverage: payment for benefits

Requires health care service plans (health plans) and disability insurers selling health insurance (health insurers), where the coverage is preferred provider organization (PPO) coverage, to permit enrollees to assign benefits, so that the health plan or health insurer pays the provider directly for health care services rendered rather than reimbursing the enrollee or insured.

AB 2841 - Medical procedures: reusable adipose cannula

Requires patient disclosures for reusable adipose cannulas (RACs).

AB 2942 - Health facilities: community benefits

This bill revises and recasts requirements on nonprofit general acute care, acute psychiatric, and special hospitals pertaining to community needs assessments and community benefit plans, requires public hospitals and district hospitals to provide community benefits, and also to complete a community needs assessment and develop and report to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) a community benefits plan, as specified, requires for-profit hospitals which decide to provide community benefits to develop a community benefits statement, community needs assessment, and community benefits plan, or report to OSHPD that they do not provide community benefits, and modifies the definition of community benefit to conform to the proposed definition that applies for federal tax reporting purposes, as specified.